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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 158--165

Reconstruction of complex thoraco-abdominal defects with extended anterolateral thigh flap


1 Plastic & Reconstructive Services, Department of Surgical Oncology, TATA Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology, TATA Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
G I Nambi
Fellow - Reconstructive Microsurgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Services, Department of Surgical Oncology, TATA Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400012
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.73428

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Background: The reconstruction of complex thoraco-abdominal defects following tumour ablative procedures has evolved over the years from the use of pedicle flaps to free flaps. The free extended anterolateral thigh flap is a good choice to cover large defects in one stage. Materials and Methods: From 2004 to 2009, five patients with complex defects of the thoracic and abdominal wall following tumour ablation were reconstructed in one stage and were studied. The commonest tumour was chondrosarcoma. The skeletal component was reconstructed with methylmethacrylate bone cement and polypropylene mesh and the soft tissue with free extended anterolateral thigh flap. The flaps were anastomosed with internal mammary vessels. The donor sites of the flaps were covered with split-skin graft. Result: All the flaps survived well. One flap required re-exploration for venous congestion and was successfully salvaged. Two flaps had post operative wound infection and were managed conservatively. All flap donor sites developed hyper-pigmentation, contour deformity and cobble stone appearance. Conclusion: Single-stage reconstruction of the complex defects of the thoraco-abdominal region is feasible with extended anterolateral thigh flap and can be adopted as the first procedure of choice.






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